A branding and marketing specialist who took the plunge to set up her own business is setting her sights on growth – after getting specialist support from Lancashire’s business growth hub.
Emma Lees launched branding and design business, Wolf, in Lytham six months ago and is building a portfolio of clients for whom she is developing branded design solutions.
The University of Bolton graduate decided to set up on her own but with little business knowledge behind her she needed support to get on the right track.
Emma has been supported by Boost Business Lancashire’s Growth Support Programme, which helps entrepreneurs develop business plans and launch their new enterprises.
The fully funded programme, delivered by Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all, provides help to develop a personal action plan, Lean Launchpad sessions outlining key principles for developing a new business and one-to-one coaching support for business owners.
Boost Business Lancashire is the name for the Lancashire Business Growth Hub. It is led by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Lancashire County Council, and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
Emma said: “I had always said I wanted to set up my own business but I wasn’t sure I ever really would.
“This first six months has been difficult but exciting at the same time and setting up on my own has brought various challenges with it. I didn’t have much of a plan in place or any financial backing and I spent a few months trying to work it all out on my own and it has been very intense.
“But the support I’ve had from Boost has helped me to validate and develop my business idea and plan for the future. I wish I had gone to one of the sessions straight away. Boost provided invaluable insight and knowledge regarding future business planning and market research and gave me the inspiration to drive my business forward. In two or three years’ time I would like to have a small number of staff and move into a generous office space.”
Wolf is a creative partner and supporter of Launch Events North West’s Media City Expo and Business Expo Blackpool.